Strange Story of DC's Lost AM Radio Station Still Transmitting Road Closures From 2013

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  1. KO6KL

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    someone should contact the landlord about the large fine for owning space used for unauthorized broadcasting.... funny how the tiger team didn't find this one....
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  2. KB5SXC

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    I like Ike!
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  3. AJ5F

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    I was a traffic reporter on broadcast radio for 21 years, and sometimes I was accused of having information a little out of date -- BUT THIS IS RIDICULOUS!!!
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  4. K7RA

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    After years of not tuning in to a local 2 meter repeater that I was involved with decades ago, I discovered it is now very active and used by many enthusiastic new hams. They also have extensively upgraded the system with many remote receivers, dramatically extending the coverage. They are now in the process of adding a 6 meter repeater to the system.

    The club is friendly and welcoming to newcomers, and has multiple nets.

    I love the changes.
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  5. KI7WL

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    These little transmitters are everywhere on the high end of the AM band. Our city has one on 1700 and as far as I can tell its on a loop with information. I have no idea if anyone ever listens to it...
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  6. G4IYK

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  7. W0PV

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    Apparently, some make a serious project of listening for and documenting these type of low power public service and other broadcasters, as this fellow has done with TIS in Florida and others across the spectrum. Quite an extensive list and web site.

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  8. N1BCG

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    Many TIS stations default to rebroadcasting NOAA Weather info which is interrupted when new traffic information is posted, but because the system is automated, the results can be less than ideal.

    "The National Weather Service has issued a tornado warning for th.......... Attention motorists. Long delays can be expected due to excessive traffic outbound from the Metroplex. This message will be updated as needed....... esidents in these areas are urged to seek shelter immediately".
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  9. N4CVX

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    If you have a good antenna -- perhaps directional -- you can receive all kinds of signals just below and above the AM Broadcast band. Large cities sometimes have a "pirate" radio station with alternative talk and music. Nashville has several very low power college stations which are interesting, I listen to the Fisk University station all the time as they play a lot of Blues music. Also, if you have a REALLY good antenna, you can pick up Radio Anguilla at 1520. The FCC has a great search engine which can do a drill-down search. I searched 1700kHz stations all states and found a bunch of them

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  10. KD7YVV

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    W4ZGC: I don't know about that, here in Washington because of the mountain passes and adverse
    weather conditions that can happen during the Winter, TIS is still actively used here.
    As for AM, I'm originally from New Jersey and I remember the legendary WABC MusicRadio 77
    as a kid growing up. It went to a talk format in 1982. People could hear this powerhouse
    station as far south as Florida on a good night. (Daaaaaaaaan Ingram!)
    Every Memorial Day, the station does a "Music Rewind" playing music and original
    commercials from back in the day.
    Another station is WCBS-FM 101 (The Golden 101).
    I mention this because of a hard lesson learned by management.
    They replaced their orginal in-house DJ's with that canned "Jack FM we play what we want" garbage.
    Not only did the listenership plummet, there were complaints to the station itself, so much
    so, they returned to their original format with their original DJS.
    Lesson learned, don't mess with something that's working well.
    The tri-state area is a unique market. Want news? 1010 WINS, you give us 22 minutes, we'll give you the world.
    WOR had Rambling with Gambling, WNBC had Don Imus and Howard Stern.
    I digress however. I'm in Bellevue, WA at the moment and can pick up a TIS station from the city
    of Snoqualmie. They do have their uses and I guess it depends on what part of the country you're in.
    Aside from the ham radio hobby, I like to broadcast band DX the AM band at night just to hear far
    away stations I normally wouldn't hear in the daytime. Even the TIS ones can be heard a good distance away.
    There are still some AM stations that play music such as KIXI 880. Though not a powerful station, I do tune
    in for the oldies and that unique "AM sound" you just can't get on FM. That and the old time radio serials
    at 8:00. There's still a lot of good things on AM. That AM sound I mentioned? KOMO 1000 has a simulcast of
    their 1000khz AM signal on 97.7 FM. Many AM stations are simulcasting on FM, but while FM can provide
    greater fidelity, the AM sound is unique whether it's a TIS station, talk format or oldies.
    AM is still enjoyed by many. With the pandemic going on, people are rediscovering AM radio.
    I've reintroduced several residents of a senior community near me to KIXI and the expression on their
    faces when they hear radio shows they heard as a kid or from when they were much younger is priceless.
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